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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers rejects Klopp talk as Liverpool already have best man

• Rodgers challenges club’s owners to be ‘forceful’ in transfer market• ‘I will hold myself up against anyone to manage this club’• ‘If I can get the tools here to help us we can be really successful’• Jordan Henderson signs new five-year Liverpool deal worth £100,000 a weekBrendan Rodgers has claimed he is the manager best suited to Fenway Sports Group’s strategy for Liverpool but needs the club to be “forceful” in the transfer market to deliver consistent success to Anfield.The Liverpool manager has received fierce criticism for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Aston Villa and a performance he described as “very static, with no movement, no penetration; nothing”. However, he dismissed the suggestion there has been a lack of progress this season or that a rival manager, including the soon-to-be-available Jürgen Klopp, would achieve more within the parameters of FSG’s plans for the club. Continue reading…

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ESPN – Liverpool owners must decide to show loyalty to Rodgers or his players

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol believes Liverpool should only keep Brendan Rodgers if they are unable to bring Jurgen Klopp to Anfield next season. The fight-back has begun. In the absence of any actual football matches to win and bring good cheer, Liverpool settled for news of extended contracts for Martin Skrtel, Jordan Henderson and shirt sponsor Standard Chartered. This probably won't ease the pain of a torrid 30 days during which their only realistic remaining ambitions for the season — qualification for the Champions League and a trophy — were almost completely extinguished. Some fans were cynical about the sponsorship deal, politely…

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